We are home from our 4th of July vacation in Northern Michigan, and I can't wait to share with you the books I read, and the few I'm still finishing. Those of you who know me, know how much I LOVE to read. Always have. My mom had to limit me to 7 library books a week when I was a kid. LOL I'm such a nerd! So, I'm linking up with teachmentortexts and unleashingreaders to share my recent reading list.
1. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo - I'm a fan of all Kate's books, so I had to indulge in the Magician's Elephant. I'm usually not a fantasy reader, but many of her books (this one included) are so imaginitive and sweet that you can't help falling in love with the characters. This fantasy has a historical fiction setting and I do love historical fiction so double bonus. Little orphan Peter, is told by a fortune teller that his questions will be answered by an elephant. Both Peter and the elephant are set free in this book as they believe in magic and dreams come true.
2. Son by Lois Lowry - Son is the fourth installment of The Giver series. I love dystopian science fiction stories and this one did not disappoint. Son returns to the Village of the Giver and tells a parallel story to Jonah's from the perspective of Gabe's birthmother Claire. Many of the characters from all four books are brought together in this conclusion novel and you are left with a feeling of greatfulness for the freedoms of our world and a desire to be thankful for what we have. Great challenging read for upper elementary students, best suited for middle and high school students.
3. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper - The Common Core wants students to examine perspective. Wow, this book is told from the perspective of a fifth grade girl with cerebral palsy. Melody can't walk or talk. She can't talk! Imagine living life without the ability to communicate with others. This book would be a great companion novel to Wonder by R.J. Palacio. In Wonder students are introduced to August, a fifth grader born with a facial deformity. I'm envisioning lots of opportunities to compare/contrast August and Melody and their perspectives on living life with a disability.
4. Lastly, I'm still finishing up Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle and Math Exhanges by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind. If you love Glee, Smash, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Nashville, etc. like I do, and you wanted to run off to New York City to be a famous Rockette (oh wait, that was my childhood dream LOL) ,than Better Nate is for you! I'm only a fourth of the way through, but it's dripping with Broadway lingo and I'm in love.
Math Exchanges is a teacher textbook that focuses on guiding young mathematicians in small group meetings. Math Workshop in my classroom is constantly evolving so this book was a must read on my summer reading list. I'll keep you posted!
What are you reading? My summer stack is starting to dwindle, I need more titles!!!